Record A* GCSE grades at New Hall

100% GCSE success rate
Over 21% of grades at A*
20% of year group achieve at least 9 A*/A grades
48% of grades at A*-A
78% of grades at A*-B
Diamond model proves a success as equal boys and girls achieve at least 10 A* grades
143 modules awarded 100%

Students from New Hall School, a leading Catholic independent boarding and day school, are celebrating record GCSE success today, with over 21% of grades at A*, an increase that 

bucks the national trend. Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, said: “Students from both our Boys’ and our Girls’ Divisions have achieved excellent grades, with 143 modules awarded 100%.  24 

students have been awarded 9 or more A*/A grades, with an equal number of top performers from both the Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions, proving once again the success of single-sex teaching for this age group.”

Top performing student and former New Hall Preparatory pupil Lucy Greenwood is delighted with her perfect 15 A*s, which included 100% scores awarded in Ancient Greek, 

Mathematics, Latin, English Literature and Religious Studies. Lucy managed her workload while competing in National and European Sailing championships, collecting three bronze medals along the way. Lucy was also invited to join the National Mathematics Summer School, for a second year running, following an excellent performance in the Intermediate Mathematics challenge. 

Among those celebrating are Chelmsford twins Jake and Silas Powell, who achieved 22A*s and 1 A grade between them. 

Outstanding achievers include many boarding students: Elizabeth Skells (13 A*s, 1 A), Constance Day (11 A*s), Fiona Xia (10 A*s, 2As), Aidan Lee (10 A*s, 1A), Wendy Li (8A*s, 2As) and James Beagley (7A*s, 3As).

Top marks in the country were achieved by Fiona Xia, Jake Powell, James Beagley and Constance Day, who all achieved 100% in every module of Religious Studies. Constance Day also achieved full marks overall in English Literature. 

New Hall also celebrates the success of its ‘diamond model’, which sees boys and girls taught in single-sex classes from Year 7 to the end of their GCSEs, whilst still enjoying the benefits of a co-educational campus.  The top 10 performers, all with a string of A* grades, includes 5 boys and 5 girls. Overall, 20% of the year group achieved at least 9 A*s.


For the first time nationally a group of Year 6 students has been entered for a GCSE politics qualification.  Fifteen 11-year olds at New Hall are celebrating top grades in a GCSE Level 1 qualification in politics, with 6A*s, 7As and 2Bs.

 Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, said “We are delighted to celebrate excellent results with our students and their families.  The students have worked incredibly hard and it is wonderful to share in their joy today.” 

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